We Belong to the Land: The Story of a Palestinian Israeli Who Lives for Peace & Reconciliationby Elias Chacour, Mary E. Jensen
Pub. Date: 03/28/2001
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Nominated several times for the Noble Peace Prize, world-renowned Palestinian priest, Elias Chacour, narrates the gripping story of his life spent working to achieve peace and reconciliation among Israeli Jews, Christians, and Muslims. From the destruction of his boyhood village and his work as a priest in Galilee to his efforts to build school, libraries, and summer camps for children of all religions, this peacemaker's moving story brings hope to one of the most complex struggles of our time.
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I have had the privilege of spending 10 days with Abuna Elias Chacour in Ibillin. This book tells of not only the struggle of the Palestinian people who have been robbed of their land and heritage, but also about the enduring faith and selflessness of Abuna Chacour. He has devoted his life to making a better life for Palestinians so that one day they may live side by side with the Jews. He does not preach a message of hate, but rather one of love. We are all God's children and should act like it. If one responds to violence with more violence then the ugly cycle will never end.... but, enough from me, Abuna is able to tell these messages so much better...
I enjoyed this book. It actually is very similar to aother book of Chacour's, BLOOD BROTHERS. A lot of the same situations were in both book. It does help one understand more about the origins of many of the problems in the Holy Land.